Usually a prescription for antibiotics is means you have a sinus infection or need it to prevent infection following a surgical procedure, so why do some people take them before a dental procedure has even happened? Although it’s not as common as it used to be, we will prescribe prophylactic antibiotics for some of our patients if they have preexisting conditions that make them more susceptible to infections when bacteria from the mouth is dislodged and travels through the bloodstream.
As bacteria strains have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, dental professionals have reevaluated the use of antibiotics and the potential risk they bring to the patient. That’s why the new standard has eliminated many of the diseases this precautionary step was previously used for. Conditions that still warrant the use of pre-procedure antibiotics are:
- Artificial Heart Valves
- Infective Endocarditis
- Unrepaired Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease
- A Congenital Heart Defect Repaired With A Prosthetic Material Or Device
- Cardiac Transplants With Heart Valve Issues
When seeking dental treatment, especially types that require surgery, it’s very important to disclose your health history to us. In some cases, it may be necessary to receive clearance from your cardiologist or other physician before we can work on your mouth. Because it has been proven that harmful bacteria can leave your mouth through the bloodstream and cause problems in your heart, it’s important to take this step seriously.
If you have any of the aforementioned conditions, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek treatment for your oral health issues. By working with your physician and using antibiotics, we are still able to treat and cure periodontal disease. It will not get better on it’s own and can lead to disease elsewhere in your body. Schedule your appointment for an oral health appointment today to stop the advancement of gum disease and protect the health of your heart.